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Hugh Whitney

Hugh worked for 30 years as the province’s chief veterinary officer during which time he also obtained an MA (History) from Memorial University.

His non-scientific publications to date have included a review of the death of Charles Lennox, 4th Duke of Richmond, Governor-in-Chief of British North America from 1818-1819 (What Evil Felled the Duke? Ontario History, Spring 2013) as well as three children’s books for the Innu school system of Labrador (Uapikun Learns About Rabies, Uapikun Has A Question, and Uapikun and the Penguin). The first is about the risks of rabies in Labrador, the second is about being safe around dogs and the third is about being tolerant towards those who are different.

The rabies book has been published in the two Labrador Innu-aimun dialects, English and French as well as an adaptation for Nunatsiavut in Inuttitut. Adaptations have been completed in other languages; Cree-L and Cree-N (as well as English and French) for James Bay (Ontario), Inuvialuktun (as well as English and French for the NWT) and are underway for Inuktitut (and English and French for Nunavik). Further adaptations are under consideration.

The dog safety book has been published in the two Labrador Innu-aimun dialects, English and French as well as being adapted and translated for use by Quebec Innu (Institut Tshakapesh). It has also been made into a voice-over still image video in Sheshatshiu-aimun and Mushuau-aimun.

The penguin book has been published in the two Labrador Innu-aimun dialects and English and is being adapted for use by Quebec Innu (Institut Tshakapesh).

In 2019, he was co-author to the popular Stouts, Millers and Forky-Tails (Field Guide to the Insects of Newfoundland and Labrador).